|DRC has a large-scale growing HIV epidemic, with an estimated national average adult prevalence between 1.3% (HDS 2007) and 4.3% (sentinel surveillance) and 450,000 people living with HIV (PLHIV). The epidemic is strongest among young people between the ages of 15 and 24 and is on the rise. |
The main driver of the epidemic is concurrent multiple sexual partners. The most severely affected age groups are 20–29 years among women and 30–39 years among men. The epidemic has severely affected children – an estimated 320,000 children younger than 17 years had lost one or both parents to AIDS at the end of 2003. Surveillance data indicates higher prevalence in the eastern part of the country than in the west. Women and girls are increasingly vulnerable, especially in rural areas and refugee camps, as a result of their poor economic status, high rates of illiteracy and the high prevalence of SGBV
Several factors fuel the spread of HIV in the DR Congo, including movement of large numbers of refugees, IDPs (2.1 million – HAP 2010) and soldiers, scarcity and high cost of safe blood transfusions in rural areas, a lack of counseling, few HIV testing sites, high levels of untreated sexually transmitted infections among sex workers and their clients, and low availability of condoms. With the relative peace and the imminent end of hostilities in the eastern part of the country, population movements associated with increased stability and economic revitalization will exacerbate the spread of HIV. Consecutive wars have made it nearly impossible to conduct effective and sustainable HIV prevention activities
Duties and Responsibilities
|Based in Kinshasa and under the supervision of the UNAIDS Country Coordinator (UCC), the Humanitarian Technical Officer will work with the Joint UN Team on AIDS, the Humanitarian Aid Agencies and the UN Theme Group on HIV (UNTG) to strengthen HIV interventions in Humanitarian settings, primarily through: |
a) Facilitating and supporting the mainstreaming of HIV in Humanitarian plans, programmes and projects
b) Mobilizing increased and sustainable involvement of Humanitarian Aid Agencies in the HIV response in DR Congo.
More specifically the incumbent will:
Required Skills and Experience
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
Humanitarian Technical Officer, Unaids